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Somerville High School (Massachusetts)

Somerville High School
Somerville High School.jpg
81 Highland Avenue

Coordinates42°23′13″N 71°05′49″W / 42.387°N 71.097°W / 42.387; -71.097
TypePublic Secondary
MottoMotto Education Inspiration Excellence
School districtSomerville Public Schools
HeadmasterSebastian LaGambina
Teaching staff123 (2014–2015)[1]
Enrollment1,231 (2015-16)[2]
Color(s)Red and blue         
AthleticsBaseball, basketball, cheerleading, crew, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Volleyball[3]
NewspaperHighlander Highlights (1852–2010) The Piper (2011+)
YearbookThe Radiator
MCAS % proficient and advancedELA: 88 Math: 78 Science: 73 (Spring 2015)[5]

Somerville High School is a public, four-year high school in Somerville, Massachusetts. The school offers a wide selection of classes and vocational programs.

Classes offered include journalism, TV and media production, ceramics, and computer applications. There are vocational programs in health careers, childhood development, electrical work, carpentry, auto repair, advanced manufacturing, graphic communications, drafting, cosmetology, culinary arts, and metal fabrication.


Clubs and societies

Somerville High School students participate in a wide range of self-run extracurricular clubs and societies. Competitive clubs include its Trivia Team, Science League, and a FIRST Robotics Competition team: 6201 The Highlanders.

The Trivia team has sent students to compete at WGBH's High School Quiz Show. They have competed on the show six times. Their most recent appearance was in the 2018–2019 school year. [6]

In the 2015–2016 school year, The Highlanders won Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie Inspiration Award. In the 2016–2017 school year, the Highlanders won Creativity Award, Gracious Professionalism as well as placing for Districts Championship and placing for the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis. In the 2018–2019 school year, The Highlanders won the Team Spirit Award.

Student publications

Somerville High School publishes an online student newspaper, The Piper, founded in 2011 Students contribute to The Piper through credited Journalism courses, as well as the school's Journalism club.


Somerville High School has a sports program, highlighted by the recent success of its Cross Country team, that went 6–0 in the Greater Boston League in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, capturing the GBL championship each season. The girls' indoor track team was successful, going undefeated and also capturing the GBL indoor track championship in the 2007–08 through 2010 seasons. Somerville High's outdoor track team also won the GBL Championships, with an undefeated winning streak for the 2008 through 2011 seasons.

The Football and Basketball Cheerleading team captured the National Championship title in Florida both in 2003 and in 2007, and has won the GBL title numerous times.

Gosder Cherilus earned Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors as a senior at Somerville High School. He played tackle on both sides of the ball, and was named to Tom Lemming's All-America team in 2002. He also captured 2002 All-State accolades from the Mass. State Coaches Association. Cherilus also excelled on Somerville's basketball and track teams, and was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

In 2011, John Wallace and Kevin Wint went on to Division I schools for football, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Pennsylvania, respectively. In 2013, Ryan Conte went on to Boston College for football.


Highland Theater Company is Somerville High School's theater department. Highland Theater Company presents two productions per year: a musical in February, and a touring festival play in March. Students who participate work as student directors, stage managers. All sets, lights, and sound for productions are designed, and operated by students.

Guinness World Record

On June 2, 2015, 59 Somerville High students attempted to break the world record for "most arm-linked people to stand up from the floor simultaneously." The previous world record is 49 people. After a total of 19 tries, the students managed to successfully stand up twice. Documentation footage was sent to the Guinness World Record Committee for further validation.[7]

On June 19, 2015, the Guinness World Record Committee officially verified and confirmed that 59 Somerville High School students officially set the new world record for "most arm-linked people to stand up from the floor simultaneously." The school received its first certificate in August 2015.[8]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Teacher Data (2014–15) – Somerville High (02740505)". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Somerville High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Student Athletics – Highlander Athletics". Somerville High School. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
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  5. ^ "MCAS Tests of Spring 2015 – Somerville High (02740505)". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  6. ^ [email protected], Hannah Green /. "Somerville High School team in pursuit of trivia glory". Somerville Journal. Retrieved 2019-09-27.
  7. ^ Boston Globe: Somerville students hope to link up with world record
  8. ^ Boston Globe: It’s official: Guinness World Record broken

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